Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer Machine Checklist

Servicing and inspecting equipment is often done during summer shutdown.  Here are some safeguarding items you can have a look for.

Missing Guards: When you are looking at equipment, check for any missing guards.  Maybe someone took them off for service, or maybe they were removed for another reason. 

TIP TO SUSTAIN: Find out the reason they were not replaced in the first place.  Discipling someone for removing guards is important, but finding out the why to determine how to improve the guarding is an important step.

Broken Guards: Inspect the machines for broken or damaged guards.  It’s important to repair damaged guards immediately because holes or openings might allow people to reach the hazards these guards are meant to protect them from.

TIP TO SUSTAIN: Has the guard been impacted by material flying off the equipment?  If it has, update your risk assessment and look to eliminate the hazard of flying material or redesign the guard to withstand.

Lockout Points: During this time of service, many of the equipment will need to be locked out.  This is a good time to inspect the lockout points and ensure they are working.

TIP TO SUSTAIN: This is a great time to observe a complete lockout of the equipment.  Update your lockout procedures and look for flaws in the process.

Machine Controls:  Test out the start/stop and emergency stops.  Make sure they are all working and correctly labelled.  Are they doing what they are supposed to do?

TIP TO SUSTAIN:  Have an operator activate the emergency stop, is it readily accessible, or do they have to think and reach for it.

This is not a comprehensive list of items to check for, just some tips to get you started.  If you have any questions, or want some help in evaluating your current safeguards feel free to contact us.  

Posted by Kristin Petaski at 12:47 PM

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